In a recent development from the Qualcomm-Apple legal tussle, Qualcomm asked Apple to pay $31 million in damages for infringing its intellectual property rights, saying that the amount was calculated from the $1.40 compensation for each allegedly infringing iPhone. It is understood that these infringements are aimed at the iPhone, which was launched in July 2017, and also includes models using Intel chips.
The report also pointed out that Apple’s infringement of intellectual property rights is mainly reflected in three technical patents: the first is to allow smartphones to quickly connect to the Internet after the device is turned on; the second is related to graphics processing and battery life management; the third is a collaborative process involving the modem and the processor when downloading an application.
The two companies have been at loggerheads over the royalties paid by Apple to Qualcomm. Apple paid a $7.5 patent license fee for each iPhone, but Apple believes that the reasonable price would have been one-fifth of the $7.5. In 2016, Apple began using Intel modems in some models of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Now, Apple uses Intel’s modems in all of its latest phones. Last year, there were rumors that Qualcomm intends to reconcile with several mobile phone manufacturers such as Apple and proposed several settlements, including a limited reduction in licensing fees. However, there has been no report on this since then.